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If you like this show, support it giving a 5 star and a comment! The 9Gs Podcast - An Aviation Podcast was created to share the journey and experiences of professional aviators. Launched in March 2020 in the middle of one of the toughest times in the 21st century, it allows the growing audience to get an insight view of the professional and amateur aviation world. From Bush pilots, Commercial aviators to Fighter pilots, the guests will share their unique journey relating multiple aviation st ...
 
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At just 24 years of age, Alex Fisher has already started his own seaplane company, has flown seaplanes internationally, is a Seaplane Pilots Association of Australia committee member, and at the start of his career set the Australian record for the youngest person to fly solo around Australia! So much accomplished at such a young age.…
 
Showing an interest in aviation at an early age, Emma was given a chance to jump straight into floats in New Zealand before making the move to Australia, being thrown in the deep end to run a floatplane operation in the croc infested waters of the Northern Territory. Support On the Step via Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thatmallardguy Follow me o…
 
Following in his father's footsteps with a career in aviation, Chris Turner took the seaplane path and now enjoys working as a seaplane instructor for 6 months of the year in Florida, followed by 6 months of the year in Alaska! Support On the Step via Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thatmallardguy Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/t…
 
Obet Mazinyi is a Zimbabwean Cargo pilot flying the Boeing 747-8 for Cathay Pacific. Before arriving in Hong Kong he flew for various airlines in Africa. Since his first flight 42 years ago he flew more than 10 types of aircraft from First Officer to Base Captain position. He’s as well the host of the pilot obet instagram account and YouTube channe…
 
Could you imagine a more magical place to fly seaplanes for a living? Paul Harding made the Bahamas his home and workplace for over 20 years, flying Maule floatplanes. He has done the incredible job of writing his own biography also, titled Sharks in the Runway. Paul Harding’s book “Sharks in the runway” https://www.amazon.com/Sharks-Runway-Seaplan…
 
There wouldn't be another place on earth where a seaplane makes great sense but also would seem stupid to try it out! Well Peter Groves had a vision of how well they would work in Dubai, and proved the doubters wrong, creating one of the worlds most unique and successful seaplane companies, Seawings Dubai. Support On the Step via Patreon https://ww…
 
We are back with another bonus episode of seaplane scares. This is a collection of past guests, and some future guests coming up in the next few episodes, who have shared a quick story regarding a scare they have had in a seaplane, passing on a valuable lesson to us all. This episode’s scares include flying into IMC, docking scares, instructing on …
 
Matt Dearden, aka @indopilot, is back to share stories of the rescue of the Catalina flying boat Miss Pick Up, after her successful flight back home just days ago. Support On the Step via Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thatmallardguy Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/thatmallardguy/ Check out my YouTube Channel! https://www.youtube…
 
Abbie Kellett has aviation running through her blood. Growing up in the backseats of WW1 era aircraft, Abbie is now her own aviator as she teaches the ways of the seaplane world to all types of students, even astronauts! She is also the co-host of everyone’s other favourite seaplane podcast, water flying by the Seaplane Pilots Association. EPISODE …
 
In the early 1900’s, seaplanes ruled the aviation world. World air speed records were held by single seat seaplanes almost the size of model airplanes but with engines that were the most powerful of their day. In 1927, the Supermarine S5 seaplane took victory in the Schneider Trophy air race, and today, a team of people are building a replica of th…
 
When us seaplane mad pilots and enthusiasts think about a flying boat we would all love to get our hands on, we all agree that the Martin Mars would be a dream come true. Peter has had an incredible career flying many bush planes including Beaver's, Norseman's, Beech 18's and the famous Martin Mars. Peter is also a licensed engineer specialising in…
 
Al Hymers is regarded by many as one of the most experienced pilots of the Canadair family of water scooping flying boats. From the 2,100 hp a side twin radial engined CL-215, to the newly modified Pratt and Whitney turboprop CL-415 EAF, Al has experienced it all. Not only that, he has experience on the Beech 18, flying that beauty at only 21 years…
 
Steve Stackhouse is one of those guys you could sit down and have a beer with, and just talk seaplanes for hours and hours... and that we nearly did! His story is full of adventure, blind corners and fun! Steve has amassed over 20,000 hours of flight time, an incredible feat. He has flown all around the world including his home country of Canada, t…
 
Best of both Aviation is an Instagram page created by best mates Kyler Nachtigall and Brendan Kochanski. These Canadian boys are each going down their own paths, one in the float world and one in the wheeled world, sharing it together in the one place. Support On the Step via Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thatmallardguy Follow me on Instagram! ht…
 
Matt has created a Go Fund Me page where you can help donate to the effort: https://gf.me/u/y5mf94 To hear more about Miss Pick Up, check out episode 9 of On the Step with Crew Chief David Legg. Support On the Step via Patreon https://www.patreon.com/thatmallardguy Follow me on Instagram! https://www.instagram.com/thatmallardguy/ Check out my YouTu…
 
Steve Pemberton is an Aussie seaplane pilot with years of seaplane experience. Mostly flying and instructing on the Twin Otters in the Maldives, Steve has just recently been stood down from his airline job, only to return to the float world, taking up the chief pilot position at the struggling Air Whitsunday. After the company was recently purchase…
 
Building up tens of thousands of hours spraying fields in New South Wales Australia, Craig Patton has done most things as an agricultural pilot. After 20 years, Craig wanted to turn his skills into those of a fire bombing pilot, and now spends his days travelling between Australia and America to fight the worlds harshest fires on the Air Tractor Fi…
 
Everyone loves seaplanes, but these aircraft that instagram user @cessnateur Jason McDowell has selected as his top 10 most unique seaplanes will blow you away! From nuclear bomb dropping jets, to 737 sized flying boats and single seat toys, the list has something for everyone. Jason has an incredible knowledge of aircraft and their history. He goe…
 
Antoine is a French airline pilot, flying for a low cost carrier in Europe. Before flying professionaly he spent some years as an IT engineer and even became an Air Trafic Controller. He’s as well the host of the French spoken podcast called Parlons Aviation. https://www.parlonsaviation.com/By The 9Gs Podcast - An Aviation Podcast
 
Eder would sit in the cockpit with his father as a little boy, dreaming of following in his footsteps to become a firebombing pilot! After working very hard to achieve this goal, Eder is now the Chief Pilot at Saab Special Flight Operations in Sweden, sharing his wealth of firebombing knowledge to other parts of the world. His aircraft of choice, t…
 
After being told he was "not keen enough" for a career in the Air Force, Chad Banfield has enjoyed a 30 plus year career in aviation including a long time enjoying the seaplane lifestyle. He has waited patiently for over 3 years for his dream start at Air Whitsunday flying Beaver's and Caravan's to finding himself in the open air Ag Cat floatplane.…
 
In this bonus episode, Bryan analyses in French the main differences between the French Navy and the US Navy. Enjoy this one especially if you want to listen and practice a bit of French. Bryan "Squirrel" Geiger is an active US Navy fighter pilot. He joined the military in 2006 and flown operationnaly the F18 Super Hornet and instructed on the T45 …
 
As a ten year old boy, Ron went on a short joy flight in a C185 amphibian floatplane. As they came into land on the water, Ron had no idea he was moments away from taking his last breath in the baggage compartment of an upturned, sinking aircraft. Flying as a young commercial pilot, Pat was flying the company C206 on a busy, blue skied day at the G…
 
Bryan "Squirrel" Geiger is an active US Navy fighter pilot. He joined the military in 2006 and flown operationnaly the F18 Super Hornet and instructed on the T45 Goshawk. He did an exchange tour in the French Navy flying the Rafale. Back in the States at the beginning of 2019, he just came back from a fleet deployment flying the Super Hornet.…
 
Tropic Ocean Airways is becoming the worlds fastest growing seaplane airline, and after talking to Rob Ceravolo on episode 12, it's understandable. Joshua Maddox always thought he was going to go down the normal airline route but joining Tropic has changed his idea about the "career" flying job, and can't see him ever leaving the company that see's…
 
Ben Shipps has one of the most inspiring stories out there. Born with a growth anomaly with his arms, Ben has broke through barrier after barrier to follow his aviation and seaplane dreams, becoming the President of one of the worlds busiest floatplane schools! Everyone knows about Jack Brown's and finally I have a guest on to talk cubs and floatpl…
 
Just recently, photos circulated the internet about a DC-3 being reinstalled on its amphibious EDO floats after 14 years without them. I tracked down Jakob McKenney, who is writing a book all about the history of the DC-3 and C-47 amphibian floatplanes. He shares some incredible stories about the aircraft and the unique floats they sit on. https://…
 
If you like this show, support it giving a 5 star and a comment! Today’s episode special guest is Daniel Bolton. He is an Australian floatplane pilot currently flying from Darwin in the Northern Territories of Australia. He is as well the host of the podcast and YouTube channel on the step with that Mallard guy. You can find his show here : https:/…
 
You won't find anyone more passionate about seaplane safety and enjoyment than Steve McCaughey, in fact the guy was married in the back of a Grumman Albatross mid air! He shares his journey into the wonderful world of floats and into his current role as SPA President. http://www.seaplanes.org Complete a survey about On the Step to help it grow! htt…
 
I've been flying seaplanes for over 10 years now (nothing compared to some of my amazing guests) but now I share with you my own story with a good mate of mine in the hosting seat. Hear about my entry into seaplanes, progressing into one of Australia's most iconic seaplane operation, living in Hanoi Vietnam flying Cessna Caravans on floats, and fin…
 
Connor shares stories about his career getting into seaplanes, leading up to his dream job as a Goose pilot for Wilderness Seaplanes. He talks all about his family ties to the Goose including the incredible story about his grandfather flying the same aircraft Connor flies today. Connor also shares the day to day life of a Goose pilot flying up the …
 
Ever had a seaplane scare? This episode is full of stories from past guests sharing the time they had a seaplane scare and the lesson learnt from the experience. The range of topics include gear down water landings, drifting into a pier, smoke and visibility, smoke in the cabin, near mid air collision and many more. Complete a survey about On the S…
 
Today’s episode special guest is John "Rain" Waters. Rain is a former USAF fighter pilot. He served as a T-6II First Assignment Instructor Pilot, an MC-12 (King Air 350) pilot, and ultimately an F-16 pilot. During his time in the Air Force, John flew 128 combat missions during Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Inherent Resolve. John’s final …
 
Rian Potter was one of my instructors in flight school and is also a great mate. He is now in his dream job, flying King Airs for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS). Although not a working seaplane pilot, Rian received a FREE floatplane endorsement some years ago and talks about how it was one of his most exciting aviation adventures. He also s…
 
At last years (2019) Seaplane Pilots Association of Australia conference, I did a presentation on gear down water landings. I am happy to share with you all the presentation, slightly modified for the podcast format. It is such a simple mistake that can be deadly, so why is it still happening today and how can we go about preparing ourselves more t…
 
Today's episode special guest if Justin "Hasard" Lee. Justin Lee is a former F16 and current F35 pilot in the United States Air Force. He's flown 82 combat missions mostly in Afghanistan and was awarded 4 Air Medals. He now flies and instructs on the F35 Lightning 2 from Luke Air Force Base. He’s as well the host of the Professionals playbook podca…
 
For many years I have followed Toby Dorn @aeroplanetoby on Instagram without actually knowing what he did (I just loved his cool photos!) But now, thanks to a great chat, I know all about his company Blue Sky Airways and what they do. With the help of their always eye catching floatplane, and their “flying tinny” flying boat, plus a host of other t…
 
Building a seaplane float is tough work. But with years of experience and passionate engineers, PK floats makes some of the worlds toughest seaplane floats. Levi Guimond talks all about the history of PK, what the process of building a float is and how they are transitioning into the experimental market. Not only is Levi an engineer, he is also a s…
 
Amy Gesch works for the biggest float building operation in the world. She talks all about how they are built, how they are sold and what it is like to work for Wipaire. Amy has a wealth of experience in the seaplane industry and is very good at explaining the technical areas of floatplanes. Complete a survey about On the Step to help it grow! http…
 
Sarah Tamar watched seaplanes fly over her head and began dreaming of becoming a seaplane pilot. After a stint as operations and as a dock hand for Tailwind based in New York, Sarah realised this was something she had to pursue! Now flying a Cessna Caravan Amphib for the same company, Sarah's day job involves flying Wall Street workers to their Ham…
 
From airline pilot to seaplane company owner, Henry Ellis went and did what some of us only dream of by going out on a limb to start his own seaplane company, Above and Beyond Tasmania. With an amphibian Beaver by his side, Henry and his team take tourists on adventures around the southern state of Tasmania. Complete a survey about On the Step to h…
 
Mark Downham explains what it is like to work on a 70 year old aircraft such as the Mallard. He also talks about his career in the Australian Navy working on Seaking helicopters and his time in Fiji where he maintained 2 Twin Otter Amphibian‘s working for 7star resorts. He talks about how corrosion effects an aircraft and how to treat it. Complete …
 
Today's episode special guest is George Nolly. George Nolly served as a pilot in the United States Air Force, flying 315 combat missions on two successive tours of duty in Vietnam, earning 3 Distinguished Flying Crosses and 24 Air Medals, flying O-2A and F-4 aircraft. Following his Air Force duty, he was hired by United Airlines and rose to the pos…
 
Episode 1 in Maintenance Week focuses on the worlds largest seaplane company and how they manage to keep 50+ Twin Otters airborne. Nisham Ali, along with a close friend, run the amazing Instagram page @seaplanemechanic, sharing an insight into what happens behind the turquoise waters and white beaches to make the airline what it is today. From dail…
 
Lloyd Cofield began his career in aviation competing around the world as an Australian competition skydiver. After several years of jumping from the plane, he changed seats to start driving them! With his passion for adventure, flying seaplanes made sense, so a move to Air Whitsunday followed. After leading the pilot group as Chief Pilot, Lloyd the…
 
Deon Mitton's photographs can be found in most places. His exceptional talent at capturing the mighty Seaplane, or even just General Aviation aircraft in their natural habitats, makes him one of the best aviation photographers around. Put him behind a microphone, and Deon is not only inspiring, but can also take your mind to the rivers and the moun…
 
Built in 1947, the Albatross was originally a military aircraft. With most of them retiring and being put in the desert by the late 80's, there is few that fly today. But Michael Barksdale and Stewart Lawrence are the exception. Owning their own Grumman Albatross to go partying, jumping off the wing and showing off at airshows. Not only that, when …
 
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